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February 23 - Evening

"At that time I pleaded with the Lord: 
 “Sovereign Lord, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do?
 Let me go over and see the good land beyond the Jordan—that fine hill country and Lebanon.”

But because of you the Lord was angry with me and would not listen to me. “That is enough,” the Lord said. “Do not speak to me anymore about this matter."

- Deuteronomy 3:23-26

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Moses Will Not Enter the Promised Land    

When the Israelites had no water at Meribah in Numbers 20:12, Moses had been told by God to take Aaron’s staff that budded and go stand in front of the grumbling Israelites and “speak” to the rock from which the Lord would bring forth water. But, instead Moses had taken Aaron’s staff and in a fit of anger from having spent forty years with the Israelites, Moses chewed the people out and hit the rock with the staff. This produced the desired result of water for the people, but Moses was taken to the side by God and rebuked. Because Moses had not followed God’s directions, but had decided to handle the people in his own way the Lord would not allow Moses to enter the Promise Land. Instead, Joshua would lead the people into the land.

But, since Moses had proceeded further than he may have anticipated and had secured two victories against the King of Moab and the King of the Amorites, Moses may have begun to think that God may have relented in his anger and was going to allow Moses to proceed.

The text of scripture explains in three places that God was “angry” with Moses for not following his word at Meribah: Deuteronomy 1:37; 3:26; 4:21. The Hebrew word used for the Lord’s “anger” towards Moses is ‘anap in 1:37 and 4:21, but it is ‘abar in 3:26. Both, words are words for “anger” with ‘anap being much more common. ‘Abar, which means “furious,” is rarely used of God’s anger. This word is translated in Psalm 78:21 and other places in the OT as “very angry” in the NIV. It could be said that “God’s anger boiled over” at that point and Moses stopped asking.

Moses “pleaded” with the Lord to have a second chance and to be allowed to enter the Promised Land, but the answer was “No.” And, eventually the Lord became “very angry” about being asked to change his mind. The word translated “pleaded” is the Hebrew word ethhannan which refers to the needy person throwing themselves on the compassion, the good will or the grace of the stronger person. (Genesis 42:21; Job 9:15; Psalm 30:8

Notice that Moses does not accept God’s decision as “fate” or “predestined,” but knows it can be changed if only God is willing. But, the Lord is NOT willing in this case. The decision has been made. Because of his actions, Moses will proceed no further. Moses the great mediator for the people cannot mediate a change in God’s mind. The land was promised to Israel, so they will proceed. It was not promised to Moses personally. He will stop short or the Promised Land.
  Christian Quote from Church History

"You care more about your children's earthly estate
than you do about their
heavenly estate."
- Cyprian 250 AD


Something to Ponder??
In the book “Pagan Christianity?” (by Viola and Barna) it is said that the Frontier-Revivalists changed the goal of preaching to the one exclusive aim of converting the lost individual. George Whitefield helped shift the emphasis from teaching God’s plan for the church, to preaching God’s plan for the individual. It is at this point the salvation of the individual became the ultimate goal of preaching, and once it was obtained God’s plan was complete. It became one dimensional with very little emphasis on teaching God’s plan for the church and enhancing spiritual growth.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Mimeomai (Gr) – Imitate (Eng) – mimeomai is a Greek word that means “a mimic,” and “an actor.” Mimeomai is translated as “to imitate” in reference to mimicking the life of leaders 2 Thessalonians 3:7-9 and in Hebrews 13:7. We are to mimeomai what is good in 3 John 11.


The tomb of Cyrus (of Daniel 10:1; Ezra 1:1, 2 Chron. 36:22-23, etc.) is located fifty miles north of ancient Persepolis. The doorway is 54 inches high with two swing doors that could not be opened at the same time. The outer door had to be closed before the inner door could be opened.
(Photos here, here, and here.
Details here and here.)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
I know that God is gracious, merciful and forgiving.
But, do I realize that there are actions, words and moments that cannot be changed?
I will trust in the Lord's unfailing love, but I will also fear the holy and unchanging justice of God.
  "Do not eat the food of a begrudging host,
    do not crave his delicacies;
 for he is the kind of person
    who is always thinking about the cost.
“Eat and drink,”
he says to you,
    but his heart is
not with you."
- Proverbs 23:6-7
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Marriage Opportunities to share the gospel in church and in community Police Australia
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
This is a toilet that was used in one of the residences called the "House of Ahiel" built outside the walls of the City of David (Jerusalem) on the Millo (or, the Stepped Stone Structure) (click on image for larger size) Details of Paul's ministry outlined in his letter to the Ephesians in chapter three. (click on image for larger size)
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